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The Census asks questions about language use at home to locate groups of people who speak a language other than English. Their isolation or integration into a primarily English speaking community can be determined by their ability to speak English proficiently.

Language Spoken at Home, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
Only English 11,904 97.10% 11,817 96.06%
Spanish 282 2.30% 445 3.62%
Other Indo-European* 62 0.51% 13 0.11%
Asian Language** 9 0.07% 23 0.19%
Other 3 0.02% 4 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 12,260 100.00% 12,302 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 197 44.27%
Other Indo-European* 6 46.15%
Asian Language** 8 34.78%
Other Language 4 100.00%
Total 215 1.75%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 98 34.75%
Other Indo-European* 18 29.03%
Asian Language** 7 77.78%
Other Language 0 -
Total 123 1.00%

* "Other Indo-European" excludes English and Spanish. "Indo-European" is not synonymous with "European." French, German, Hindi, and Persian are all classified as Indo-European. Hungarian, on the other hand, is lumped into "Other Language."

** "Asian Language" includes languages indigenous to Asia and Pacific islands areas that are not also Indo-European languages. Chinese, Japanese, Telugu, and Hawaiian are all classified here.

Also note that ability to speak English "very well" is based on the self-assessment of those responding to Census questions, not on a test of language ability.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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